The Last Suffragist Standing is an unprecedented study of a pioneering politician, a New Woman who tested Canadian democracy. Laura Marshall Jamieson (1882–1964) was the last suffragist in Canada to be elected to a provincial or federal legislature, and her biography opens a window onto the political and social landscape of her time. She embraced issues such as minimum wage, feminist pacifism, housing, and employment equality throughout her six decades of activism. Strong-Boag’s deep knowledge of the history of the women’s movement and Canadian politics turns this compelling account of a woman’s life into an illuminating work on the history of feminism, socialism, internationalism, and activism in Canada.
Veronica Strong-Boag is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, professor emerita in social justice and educational studies at UBC, and adjunct professor in history and gender studies at the University of Victoria. She has received numerous prizes for her work, including the Tyrrell Medal in Canadian History, the Macdonald Prize in Canadian History, the Canada Prize in the Social Sciences, and a Senior Killam Fellowship. She is the general editor of the UBC Press series Women’s Suffrage and the Struggle for Democracy, the director of the pro-democracy website womensuffrage.org, and a member of the editorial board of Voices-Voix.
The Life is lively and informative; the descriptions and analyses of the Times make a valuable contribution to the wider historiography of women’s political activities in Canada and to British Columbia politics in general. Jamieson would undoubtedly be pleased with this study of her life and times.